Rhonda Knoke Keating

Monday, October 2, 2017 11:28 am

Rhonda Keating, 63, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at her home in Ponte Vedra, Fla., with family by her side. For six years she put up a courageous fight with Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer). Her Celebration of Life service is at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Locust, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Pastor Nancy Solomonson and Intern Todd Burrichter will preside.

Rhonda, the daughter of Marian and Earl Knoke, was born April 14,1954. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Locust.

In 1972 she graduated from North Winneshiek High School, where she loved participating in band and sports – especially softball. In 1974, she graduated from Kirkwood College, Cedar Rapids, receiving a degree as a dental assistant.
In July she retired from Leonard’s Studios in St. Augustine, Fla., where she worked as a sales representative for 30 years. She received many awards for top sales for the company.

She is survived by her parents, Earl and Marian Knoke, Decorah; brother, Daryl (Sherri) Knoke, Decorah; sister, Karla (Jason) Paciorek, Cannon Falls, Minn.; niece, Jenna (Alex) Sandoe, Hutchinson, Minn.; nephews: Jason Knoke, Decorah; Michael Knoke, Decorah; and Collin Sandoe, Minneapolis, Minn.
Rhonda lived a full life; she loved to travel, entertain and, most of all, walk the beach with her dog, Scooter.

Her passion in life was her family and friends. She loved them with her whole heart and everyone loved her right back. These relationships and memories will be cherished forever.

Rhonda had a kind heart, fierce mind and brave spirit.

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